By Gid Ahanonu
The 2017 Home and Abroad Women’s Conference of St. Paul’s (Ang.) Church, Ubakuru Mbieri, was rounded off penultimate Sunday with a thanksgiving service.
The five-day event which began on Wednesday 9th August, featured visitation to indoor members of the Church, Bible Study, prayers, Bible quiz, health talks and reports, among other items by the women, who turned out in their numbers.
Presenting the presidential address on behalf of the President, the Vice President, Lady Scholastica Iwuajoku, introduced the theme of 2017 conference “The glory of the sanctified women” (Thes. 4:3-4, Prov. 31:10-31) and noted that God formed every woman for His glory on earth, which was later lost as man was enslaved in sin which separated him from God, but Jesus Christ came and redeemed and transformed mankind.
Lady Iwuajoku stressed the need for the women to be transformed in life by walking in faith, with acquaintance of the scriptures and maintaining prayerful life as well as learning to overcome temptations,
She urged the women to also grow in the grace of God and share the love of Christ with others.
She told them to emulate these sanctified women in the Bible, viz Ruth, Mary Magdalene, Esther, Priscilla, Abigail, Dorcas and others.
The president praised the good works of the Vicar, Ven. Chidi Opara, and his curate Rev. C.C. Ukonu and wife for their selfless sacrifices in the area. She identified organisation’s challenges as poor attendance of members to branch meetings and their inability to pay levies, urging them to change their attitude.
Preaching the sermon at the service, the curate Rev. Casmir Opuruiche Ukonu, charged the people to identify with God in all things with obedience by keeping His commandments with sanctified life so as to enjoy His protection and deliverance.
He observed that it was not enough to be regular in church services and keeping to the dogma without keeping God’s commandments and being wise to the word of God prayerfully.
He enjoined parents to encourage the youths to embrace the work of God at their early stage in life as only the presence of God can distinguish them from their generation, urging them to shun gossips, slander and fear but maintain peace with God and humanity.
In his remarks, the Vicar, Ven. Chidi Opara stated that the women’s August meetings have benefited the church and society so much in terms of infrastructural development and peaceful disposition in towns and villages, adding that the women are project initiators for the men to execute. He urged them to sustain it.
Highlight of the occasion was the cutting and distribution of the conference cake for raising of funds for the women’s ministries in which worshippers participated actively.